An adult Stag beetle can be up to 75mm long. Male beetles have huge antlers which are used in courtship displays and to wrestle other males. Stag beetle larvae can be up to 110mm long and feed on decaying wood under the ground as deep as half a metre down, from three to seven years. Adults can’t feed on solid food and rely on the fat reserves built up whilst developing as larva.
Did you know: Stag beetles spend the winter underground in the soil and usually emerge from mid-May onwards.